7/07 in Yankee History
2007: The 61st Annual Old Timers’ Game takes place at the Stadium. 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius takes part for the first time, and joins Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Leyritz and Brian Doyle. In the game that follows, Roger Clemens mkakes one of his best starts of the year, matching Anaheim ace John Lackey by allowing one run on five hits through eight frames. But in the top of the 12th, Brian Bruney surrenders a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick, and a double error by Miguel Cairo at first on a bunt play gives up the deciding run in a 2-1 loss.
2005: A familiar pattern continues to develop as the Yankees place Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis.
In other roster changes, backup infielder Rey Sanchez is transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. And although his initial two-week stay in the bigs would not be good, the purchase of the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from AAA Columbus would prove to be a good move for the club.
1991: Bernie Williams makes his Major League debut. Though the Yankees fall to the Orioles 5-3, the rookie displays his strengths by driving in one run from each side of the plate. After delivering one tally on a sac fly off lefty starter Jeff Ballard, Bernie strokes an rbi single off righthanded closer Greg Olson in the ninth inning.
1987: The numerologists would have a field day… Trailing the Twins 7-0 in the 7th inning on 7/7/87, the Yanks score 7 runs to tie it. Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson homer and Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Claudell Washington, and Gary Ward single in succession, for 7 straight safeties. A Claudell Washington home run highlights the five-run 8th that follows, and the Bombers emerge with a 12-7 victory.
1982: Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, third baseman for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 85.
1978: Ron Guidry’s historic winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell, who shuts out the Yankees 6-0 on. This is the second ofzzthree shutouts the Brewer lefty will record against the Bombers this year, and sends Gator’s record ‘plummeting’ to 13-1.
1977: Catfish Hunter four-hits the Indians for an 8-2 win, completing a three-game series sweep at the Stadium.
1970: Mel Stottlemyre pitches well, but gets a no-decision as his undergunned Yankee mates fail to provide much run support against the Orioles. Stot leaves the game in the eighth with the score tied at 2, and Lindy McDaniel allowed a Brooks Robinson 10th-inning grand slam for a 6-2 Baltimore walkoff win.
1968: Chuck Knoblauch is born. Happy 44th to one of the standouts from the Torre glory years!
1966: Mired in a 1 for 17 slump, Mickey Mantle comes up in the bottom of the 9th with the Yankees tied with the Red Sox 2-2. The Mick belts a 3-run homer for the walkoff win.
1951: At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox connects for a grand slam to chase Yankee starter Allie Reynold. The final score is 10-4 for Boston, with Ellis Kinder going the route for the win. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff blast in the 9th completes the New York scoring .
1937: Lou Gehrig leads the AL to victory in the All Star Game, pacing the junior circuit attack with 4 RBI on a home run and a double.
1915: Connie Mack’s ‘fire sale’ in Philadelphia continues, as the A’s sell Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000. Shawkey will go on to win 175 games in pinstripes.
1904: Jack Chesbro is bested by the Boston Americans 4-1 at Hilltop Park for one of only 6 losses the Highlander ace will suffer in a season in which he establishes a Major League record of 41 victories that still stands.
1903: In a game with the Highlanders at New York, White Sox outfielder Danny Green is called out at first in a close play by arbiter John Sheridan (shown below). After returning to the bench, the Chicago player continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green in the head with his mask. The offended player then punches the umpire, who is taken from the grounds in handcuffs and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later he isreleased after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.